No matter how old you are, everyone deserves a nice break from time to time. A long weekend away from the city is always great for your mood and your health. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to explore and visit new places without having to fly or travel abroad.
No matter how old you are, everyone deserves a nice break from time to time. A long weekend away from the city is always great for your mood and health. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to explore and visit new places without having to fly or travel abroad.
They say that travelling gets better with age and it can actually become a more fulfilling experience, when planned to suit our needs and requirements.
While we might become a little less mobile as we grow older, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy holidays as much as we used to. Many places in the UK now offer accessible facilities such as walk-in baths and wet rooms to cater for everyone’s needs.
If you’ve ever shelved your holidays because the planning was a bit too much to handle, we’ve taken a look at some of the best accessible stops around the UK. Whether you’re after a break by the coast, a weekend to a vibrant city or a rural escape, you’ll be able to find the right destination for you.
Grindale House, Pickering, North Yorkshire
This beautiful Georgian B&B is great for a peaceful stay to explore the North York Moors National Park. It is a step-free house, as all the eight rooms are located on the ground floor of the property, giving you easy access to your room.
One comes with a wet room that can accommodate a wheelchair user, but we recommend you give the owner some notice and they’ll be able to provide you with any extra equipment you may need. The icing on the cake is their award-winning breakfast. Extensive and beautifully presented, they offer a full English breakfast as well as other delicacies that will kickstart your day.
Citrus Hotel, Cheltenham
The Cheltenham classical Music Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary this summer, featuring magnificent orchestral and choral works and stunning solo performances – and you wouldn’t want to miss this. For an affordable yet comfortable stay in the centre of town, choose the Citrus Hotel, offering a wide range of full-service facilities for your comfort.
There’s lift access to all floors and four rooms available that have been specially-adapted for guests with mobility difficulties. Standard rooms offer a generous space and bathrooms feature wet rooms and safety grabs.
St Michaels Hotel and Spa, Falmouth, Cornwall
Look no further than St Michaels Hotel and Spa for an unforgettable break by the sea. With breath-taking views and tropical landscapes, it feels like a true escape. Go for the nautical room that comes with a wide door for easy access as well as low handled wardrobes and low-level furniture. There’s a level entry just around the main entrance, where you can find the restaurant and lounge, strategically located on the ground floor for easy access too. Take full advantage of the hotel’s facilities and pamper yourself with treatments and services offered by the lush spa and health club. You can also ask for specific services suited for guests with mobility issues.
One Aldwych, London
Perfectly located in the heart of London, this hotel puts accessibility at the forefront. They offer fancy bedroom and suites designed for wheelchair access but what really stands out is their amazing range of facilities that make the hotel even more accessible in order to suit everyone’s requirements.
As you enter, you can find an induction loop at the reception desk to help guests who use hearing aids as well as braille printing on the control panels of their lifts to help visually impaired guests. Accessible bathrooms come with low level wash basins and bathtubs, several grab rails and emergency pull cords.
Whilst staying at One Aldwych, we suggest checking out a musical at one of the renowned theatres nearby and you can enjoy a pre-theatre menu offered by the hotel’s restaurant.
If you’re looking for something different from the usual yet comfortable hotel, consider renting a cosy apartment for a getaway by the sea or in the countryside. This could be ideal option if you’re travelling with your grandkids.
Some of the most famous rental sites are now committed to offering wheelchair friendly holiday homes across the UK. When searching for a house, make sure you select the “wheelchair accessible” option and the website will filter all the results for you. You can also get in touch with the owner directly and ask them about the property’s facilities.
Once you have your accommodation sorted, it’s time to think about the fun bits in order to enjoy your break at its fullest. When picking a new destination, don’t forget to take a look at some other factors. These include a nice and pleasant weather, historical background and sites to visit and fine dining options to make sure you have a fun and interesting itinerary.